Things to see and do at Aira Force and Ullswater

Children running over a bridge at Aira Force

From relaxing and exploring, to becoming a detective or trying a spot of canoeing, there's loads to entertain you on your visit to Aira Force and Ullswater, Cumbria.

Have a picnic

Nothing can beat a picnic on a sunny day.

Whether it’s for a quick snack, a flask of hot soup, or a full-on feast we’ve got some fantastic picnic spots. Our favourite is the glade at Aira Force, the trees of the pinetum seem even taller when you’re lying on a picnic blanket!

Pick up sandwiches, cakes and drinks from our tea-room for a feast in a flash.

See Aira Force in full force

It may not come as a surprise to you that occasionally it rains in the Lakes. But don't let that dampen your spirits, just head to Aira Force where wetter definitely is better.

Don't believe us? Check out this video of the falls in full force after a spate of rain.

Become a squirrel detective

Learn all about red squirrels with Cyril's red squirrel ramble.

Follow the map and Cyril Squirrel's clues to unlock the password and become a squirrel detective, just like Cyril!

Available to buy in our shop at main Aira Force car park.

Look out!

One stormy night, a couple of years ago, a tree fell at Aira Force causing a great landslide and taking part of the path to the falls with it.

Now, thanks to generous donations to the Lake District Appeal, we have re-instated the path complete with a brand-new lookout platform. Come and see it for yourself.

Take the path less trodden

With the help of funding from Natural England we have created a new 2.1km off-road footpath.

So now you can leave the car at Glencoyne Bay car park and walk the rest of the way to Aira Force through Glencoyne Deer Park, enjoying great views of Ullswater as you go.

Go for a paddle

Sitting nestled at the feet of our great fells are numerous lakes and tarns which beg to be explored.

Glencoyne Bay car park is the best spot to launch a canoe with easy access to Ullswater.